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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Stencil It!


Happy Snarky New Year! For the first snarky challenge of 2017, we are challenging you with S is for Stencils.  Lots of options with this one to start out the year! Here's mine:


Of course I couldn't just use my stencils in an ordinary way, as I almost always do, with inks or embossing paste. Out came my DIY gelli plate! (Made by a friend, not me, so I can't even share how it was done.) I used this tutorial to make my leafy print, using two shades of green and a yellow. (What the tutorial doesn't tell you is how to line up your cardstock when you lay it down the second time on the stencil/gelli plate. So my shadows weren't exactly perfect, but I like how it turned out anyway.) I also used the same stencil to dry emboss the main white panel. 
So that takes care of the stencil part. What to do with it? For a little extra inspiration, I turned to Tuesday Morning Sketches and this week's sketch. What better than a crazy bird for the focal panel? I left off the embellishments that are in the sketch. The placement just wouldn't have been a great idea the way the bird is situated... 
My stencil came out of its package for the first time for this card, so I'm going to enter this card in Simon Says Stamp's Monday challenge to "start afresh". And with both watercolouring and stencilling, I'm entering this in Happy Little Stampers January watercolour challenge.
Our first Queen and guest designer of the year is Michele — check out what she and all the sisters have come up with using their stencils! And may you enjoy a fun and snarky 2017... although in some ways, maybe a little less snark than in 2016 might be okay, all things considered... 



Supplies: white & black cardstock, Bienfang smooth Bristol, Tim Hotlz/Sizzix Crazy Birds & Paper Issues/Snarky Stamps Ahhh Birthday stamps, MFT black licorice ink, Zig clean colour real brush markers, Anita's acrylic craft paints, Winnie & Walter Scenery: The Leaf Effect stencil, Spellbinders circle dies

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17 comments:

Dotty Jo x said...

Always love those birdies! Your leaf pattern is handmade???? Wow! Great card, Jo x

Jane Willis said...

That background is brilliant - I had a look at the tutorial but as I don't have any of the relevant bits of kit I soon got lost.
Jane

Barbara Godden said...

Gorgeous and that bird is coloured awesomely.

Chris Dring said...

I haven't jumped on the gelli print band wagon yet, but I'm glad you did. Your background looks amazing, as does the coloring on that crazy bird! Fabbo card!

Debbie said...

Fun card!!
Thanks for playing along at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!
Debbie
Debbie's Dash of This and That

Melissa Craig said...

This card is great! Thank you for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Michele K. Henderson said...

I love this bright and happy bird! He's fresh and colorful! Party on! Have a great 2017!
Michele

Donna said...

Ohhhhhhhhh those birds!!!
LOL
Your card is awesome sistah!
Love your leafy background!!

Wanda said...

Great background! I love those crazy birds!!!! Thanks for joining us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Aileen Ryan said...

Fabulous and love the colour of that bird. Wonderful card

Michelle said...

What a cool and colourful bird! Thanks for joining us at HLS Watercolour Challege!

Melissa L. said...

Very cool, Lindsey! That bird is so funny. Nice and CAS and I would never have guessed that you used your Gelli Plate. Now I want to play with mine. Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers' Watercolor Challenge for January! I hope you'll continue to come back and play along.

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Stunning card Lindsey, very clever us of the stencil. Thank you for the link to the how too.

Love and hugs
Maarit

Maura Hibbitts said...

Great color choices for your card, and love your bird coloring! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, and happy new year! Maura

Glenda J said...

This is awesome - love the sentiment, the fabulously coloured bird and that fabulous leafy background. Well done.

Jen W. said...

Gorgeous coloring on that crazy bird!! Love it!

Jenny Colacicco said...

WOW Fab technique and the colouring on the bird is perfect - really 3D and realistic. I love it! Thanks so much for joining us at the HLS watercolor challenge! Jenny x